The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books (Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels)

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9781349719785: The Greatest Comic Book of All Time: Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books (Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels)

Bart Beaty and Benjamin Woo work to historicize why it is that certain works or creators have come to define the notion of a "quality comic book," while other works and creators have been left at the fringes of critical analysis.                                                                                                                                                   

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This book offers a series of short, provocative essays about value and reputation in the world of American comic books. Inspired by Pierre Bourdieu’s analyses of fields of cultural production, The Greatest Comic Book of All Time explores why works have the reputations that they do and what it might take to re-structure the comics world along different principles.                                                                                                                          

About the Author:

Bart Beaty is Professor of English at the University of Calgary, Canada. Among other works, he is the author of Twelve-Cent Archie, Comics Versus Art, and Unpopular Culture.
Benjamin Woo is Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, Canada. His research examines contemporary geek media cultures, with a particular focus on the producers, institutions, and audiences oriented to comics and graphic novels.                                                                                                                                            

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